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Brubeck to Release New Album in May

Dave Brubeck, who will celebrate his 85th birthday on Dec. 6, is set to release yet another album, this one on Telarc and entitled London Flat, London Sharp. Along with alto sax/flute player Bobby Militello, bassist Michael Moore and drummer Randy Jones, Brubeck performs 10 songs, nine of which are his own compositions. The album’s release date is set for May 24.

The album opens with the title track, written in 1998 at the time of the recordings for his 40th Anniversary Tour of the U.K. album; London Flat, London Sharp also includes “The Time of Our Madness,” which was first recorded on 40th Anniversary Tour of the U.K. Closing the album is “Ballad of the Rhine,” written on the day that Brubeck’s army unit crossed the Rhine in 1945. The only track on the album not penned by Brubeck is “Steps to Peace,” which was written by Derrill Bodley for his daughter, who was on one of the hijacked planes in the September 11 attacks.

Why would a native Californian name an album after London? According to the liner notes, “We traveled by bus through Great Britain for a week, from town to town and I thought the rides were awfully long. When I complained, the promoters explained that next week everyone would be in a London flat, to which I responded, ‘That would be sharp.'” That Brubeck’s a clever little devil.

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